The rainy days of April were a bit chilly, but when the rains of early spring broke and the clouds rolled away there were warm, beautiful days … like this one.
Lily was feeling really good today. Her health had been a bit weary the past few days and she remained on the living room couch the whole time. Zeke had even set up a cot next to the couch so he could stay with her at night. But her strength had returned, the color was coming back to her skin and a smile had returned to her face. And on this day, a picnic at Buchmiller Park was just what the doctor ordered. And they were all ready on their way there.
Buchmiller, a park at the southern end of Lancaster City also offered an 18-hole Frisbee golf course. It was going to be a lot of fun and fun is what she needed, especially since she had yet another nightmare last night. This one was about her father meeting Zeke and things turning out ugly. She didn’t tell Zeke about this nightmare, but he knew something had bothered her last night.
She kept waking up in a sweat and crying, then suddenly falling back to sleep.
But that was all behind her now. Zeke woke her up at 8 am, and bottle fed her breakfast. Then he gave her one of his specialty baths, the ones where he massaged her body as he washed her. It felt incredible, but was extremely painful for his hands to keep doing it, yet he did because it brought her enjoyment.
She clutched the two Frisbee golf discs in her hands as they pulled into Buchmiller Park. Lily was lost in her thoughts as he pulled into the parking spaces near the picnic area.
She looked over at him and smiled. He was so kind to her and made so many things possible for her. She could hear how much he loved her in what he said, but she could also see how much he loved her by what he did for her, selflessly and directly from his heart.
“Daddy?” she asked in a tiny voice.
“Yes, Princess?” he asked back, turning to her and wiping a sudden tear away from her eye.
“Thank you, for loving me,” Lily said softly. “And thank you for taking care of me. Thank you for making me believe in you and for showing me that not all princes are frogs in disguises.”
“You’re welcome, BabyGirl,” Zeke replied. “Thank you for loving me, for dreaming, for catching your dreams, for keeping me in them and for showing me that a girl doesn’t have to live in an ivory tower to be a princess.”
Fantasy is the spice of the life they share. Reality is what bonds their hearts into one.
Their saga continues in:
Also attached to this series is: Aria and the CountrySide
Taking place simultaneously with the end of book 6.
And: The Story of Lucy
Taking place years later.
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